Saturday, November 5, 2016

SFF 2017 SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN!


Entries are now open for the 64th Sydney Film Festival, returning to light up the city!
 7 – 18 June 2017.  


Each year, the Sydney Film Festival presents a diverse slate of films from Australia and around the world. In 2016 over 250 films were screened to an audience of almost 180,000.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2017 Sydney Film Festival. Entries are open to features, documentaries and short films (under 40 minutes). Get to it!


Submissions for the Festival are being accepted through FilmFestivalLife and will close on Friday February 24, 2017.


Both the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films and the DAF Australian Documentary competition are open exclusively to Australian films.
  
Whether it be a feature film debut, the latest short or an immersive documentary, Sydney Film Festival invites filmmakers to submit their films now for the 2017 event. 


A small fee applies, and before entering, Festival organisers urge all entrants to read the submission requirements closely to ensure that all entries meet premiere status and broader eligibility requirements.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Amber Forrest-Bisley, Publicity Manager, Sydney Film Festival
E: 
amber@cardinalspin.com.au P: 02 8065 7363 M: 0405 363 817

New York's Museum of Modern Image launches year-end Kaleidoscope India Film Festival






MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE AND THE INDIA CENTER FOUNDATION PARTNER TO LAUNCH INDIA KALEIDOSCOPE FILM FESTIVAL, DECEMBER 8–11, 2016


                                           U.S premiere of India in a Day
              Executive Producer Ridley Scott and Google to open the festival

NEW YORK, NY November 1, 2016––Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) and The India Center Foundation are launching India Kaleidoscope, an exciting new festival that will present film lovers with a chance to immerse themselves in the unique sights and sounds that make up the Indian regional, independent film landscape. These films, which delve into the most relevant and pressing topics facing India, are being made by today’s most progressive filmmakers working in regional languages such as Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, and Bengali. Their films are insightful, topical, and provocative, bringing to light the dynamism and the challenges that face modern India and her many diverse communities.
“Consistent with our mission to offer a platform for barrier-breaking and emerging work from the subcontinent, the films featured in India Kaleidoscope film festival are eye opening studies from all corners of India,” said Priya Giri Desai, a Founding Director of The India Center Foundation. “The India Center Foundation is proud to present many of these new voices for the very first time in North America. The festival represents the kind of work we hope to continue: quality collaborations that result in exposure to new sights and sounds to inspire our audience.” 

“India Kaleidoscope is an auspicious start to MoMI’s collaboration with The India Center Foundation. This dynamic partnership is proven by the quality of the Festival lineup and the participation of so many emerging and established film directors,” said the Museum’s Chief Curator, David Schwartz.

"We are thrilled to turn the spotlight on Indian regional cinema, showcasing its diversity and richness," added Christina Marouda, Festival Organizer and MoMI's Director of Development.

The inaugural India Kaleidoscope Festival, taking place December 8 through 11 at the Museum, will feature eight films, including seven new titles that will be making their U.S. or North American premieres and one special presentation of a classic Indian film. Most films will feature directors in person. The Opening Night film is India in a Day, an ambitious documentary project initiated by Google and comprised of images shot by thousands of people throughout India, artfully edited by director Richie Mehta (who will appear in person on Dec. 8), and executive produced by Ridley Scott and Anurag Kashyap.

Other highlights include a pairing of Ghatashraddha (The Ritual), a key work of the Indian New Wave by pioneer Kannada director Girish Kasaravalli, with Harikatha Prasanga (Chronicles of Hari), the directorial debut of Ananya Kasaravalli, daughter of Girish Kasaravalli, with both filmmakers appearing in person; and the Closing Night film Tope (The Bait), a 
seductively surreal, folkloric fable from prominent Bengali director, Buddhadeb Dasgupta (who will appear in person on Dec. 11). See below for the full lineup.The India Kaleidoscope 2016 programming committee includes Priya Giri Desai (The India Center Foundation), Priyadarshini Shanker (NYU Cinema Studies), Anupama Kapse (Queens College), Tristine Skyler (writer and producer), and Christina Marouda (Museum of the Moving Image, founder of Indian Film Festival Los Angeles); with additional programming support from Uma da Cunha.

FILMS AND SCHEDULE FOR KALEIDOSCOPE INDIA 2016: 
India in a Day - Director Richie Mehta attending
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 7:30 P.M.
U.S. PREMIERE | SCREENING FOLLOWED BY OPENING RECEPTION
India/UK. Dir. Richie Mehta. 2016, 86 mins. DCP. In Hindi and English with English subtitles. Over the course of a single day in October 2015, thousands across India recorded and shared moments from their everyday lives. From over 16,000 submissions, director Richie Mehta fashioned a vibrant, richly sensorial mosaic that reflects the subcontinent’s extraordinarily diverse range of people, places, experiences, and perspectives.

Loktak Lairembee (Lady of the Lake) - Director Haobam Paban Kumar attending

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 7:30 P.M.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
India. Dir. Haobam Paban Kumar. 2016, 71 mins. DCP. In Manipuri with English subtitles. With Ningthoujam Sanatomba, Sagolsam Thambalsang. Set amidst the unique community of fishing families that populate the floating islands of northeast India’s Lake Loktak, the spellbinding narrative debut from nonfiction filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar blends documentary-like realism with a touch of the surreal.

Lathe Joshi - Director Mangesh Joshi attending

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2:00 P.M.
U.S. PREMIERE
India. Dir. Mangesh Joshi. 2016, 104 mins. DCP. In Marathi with English subtitles. With Chittaranjan Giri, Ashwini Giri, Seva Chouhan, Om Bhutkar. After losing his job, a lathe worker takes a stand to reclaim his dignity in a society that no longer seems to value him. This lyrical, meditative character study is both a moving portrait of a man and a perceptive look at globalization’s human toll.

The Violin Player - Director Bauddhayan Mukherji attending

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 4:30 P.M.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
India. Dir. Bauddhayan Mukherji. 2015, 72 mins. DCP. In Hindi with English subtitles. With Ritwick Chakraborty, Adil Hussain, Nayani Dixit, Sonam Stobgais. A chance encounter with an enigmatic filmmaker sets a struggling violinist on a surprising journey of self-discovery. This mesmerizing tale of art and destiny conjures a quietly gripping air of mystery as it builds towards its soul-shaking denouement.

Sila Samayangalil (Sometimes) - Awaiting confirmation on talent attending 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 6:30 P.M.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
India. Dir. Priyadarshan. 2016, 110 mins. DCP. With Prakash Raj, Sriya Reddy, Ashok Selvan. In a doctor’s office waiting room, eight people of varying backgrounds nervously await the results of their HIV tests. When they learn that one among them has tested positive, tensions mount and anxious guessing games begin. This richly emotional comedic drama tackles a serious subject with compassion and unexpected humor.

Ghatashraddha (The Ritual) – Director Girish Kasaravalli attending

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2:00 P.M.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION
India. Dir. Girish Kasaravalli. 1977, 108 mins. 35mm. In Kannada with English subtitles. With Meena Kuttappa, Naraya Bhat, Ajith Kumar. One of the key works of the Indian New Wave, this spare, haunting drama tells the story of a bond that develops between two outsiders: a Brahmin boy who contends with bullying at school and an unmarried young woman who faces excommunication when she becomes pregnant.

Harikatha Prasanga (Chronicles of Hari) - Director Ananya Kasaravalli attending

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 4:30 P.M.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
India. Dir. Ananya Kasaravalli. 2015, 105 mins. DCP. In Kannada with English subtitles. With Shrunga B.V., K.G. Krishnamurthy, Ganesh Kelamane. The lines between stage and reality begin to blur for a male actor who plays female roles in traditional Yakshagana theater. Taking the form of a faux-documentary, the provocative feature debut of Ananya Kasaravalli examines issues of gender, performance, and identity within Indian society.

Tope (The Bait) - Director Buddhadeb Dasgupta attending

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 7:30 P.M.
U.S. PREMIERE | CLOSING NIGHT
India. Dir. Buddhadeb Dasgupta. 2016, 88 mins. DCP. In Bengali with English subtitles. With Sudipto Chatterjee, Kajal Kumari, Ananya Chatterjee, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Paoli Dam. Internationally renowned auteur Buddhadeb Dasgupta directs this seductively surreal, folkloric fable about three fantastical characters—a traveling tightrope walker, a tree-dwelling postman, and a wealthy, tiger-hunting raja—whose lives intertwine in the lush Bengal countryside.
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ABOUT MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE
Museum of the Moving Image advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. In its stunning facilities—acclaimed for both its accessibility and bold design—the Museum presents exhibitions; screenings of significant works; discussion programs featuring actors, directors, craftspeople, and business leaders; and education programs which serve more than 50,000 students each year. The Museum also houses a significant collection of moving-image artifacts.
www.movingimage.us

ABOUT THE INDIA CENTER
The India Center is a national, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the study of the Indian subcontinent, the promotion of its cultural life, and the unique relationship between India and the United States. Based in New York City, The India Center hosts dialogues and exhibitions, mounts programs, educates audiences, and fosters debate focused on India’s future as well as its rich and varied past. It is also a home for the ever-evolving stories of Indian Americans in the form of a comprehensive oral history archive. The India Center is a platform for both established and emerging experts and artists exploring the evolution of the world’s largest and most complex democracy. The India Center is supported primarily by patrons, foundations and the public.  It is not affiliated with either the U.S. or Indian government.
www.theindiacenter.us

Press Contacts:
Richard ParkerRKP Media for The India Center richard@rkpmedia.com
Tomoko KawamotoMuseum of the Moving Image tkawamoto@movingimage.us 


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival call for entries

JULIEN DUBUQUE 
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
April 20 to 23, 2017


In the Spotlight today is the 6th Annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival(JDIFF), awarding over $60,000 in cash and prizes and priding itself in the filmmaker experience from submission, to acceptance, to attending and beyond. Filmmakers enjoy networking opportunities, sanctuary in the VIP filmmaker lounge and introductions to media partners that will give their films the attention they deserve. The fest screens more than 75 films - each film receiving no less than two screenings - in categories including docs, shorts, features, kids/family. Recently named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World", JDIFF draws upon the rich artistic history of the American Midwest.

Selected filmmakers compete for cash prizes ranging from $2,500 USD to $10,000 awarded at the fests red carpet event, and the top three nominees of each category will receive complimentary travel and accommodations to the event. Awards include Best Documentary and Narrative Feature, Best Children's/Family Film, and Best Short. JDIFF's final jury is comprised of directors, cinematographers, film critics, and other working professionals who truly know great filmmaking. Official Selections at the festival will enjoy exceptional public exposure.

The festival attracts more than 5,000 attendees - JDIFF graciously hosts evening events open to anyone with even a slight curiosity to indie films. Richard Water, Director of The O'Briens had this to say after traveling to the festival from Ireland, "We went to Dubuque, not sure what to expect, and ended up having the time of our lives, not wanting to leave, feeling so creatively inspired and already kicking ourselves into gear on new material so we can return again ASAP." JDIFF welcomes filmmakers with a warm Midwest charm and keeps the fun flowing over the course of the entire fest with hospitable stays and connections that will last a lifetime.



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UPCOMING DEADLINE
November 14, 2016 - Regular Deadline

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MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world, with a strong emphasis on discovering and encouraging new talent, supporting cause-related films and bringing together all elements of filmmaking.


MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
JDIFF is more than just film screenings, the festival annually puts on unique events adding an extra touch to the festival experience. A highlight from 2016 included the Opening Night Party showcasing trailers from nominated films and musical performance by Ronnie McNeir of The Four Tops. Attendees also enjoyed music performances from Dengue Fever, TR3N and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound.

Short and Feature length films in various categories are now being considered - submit your film today!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Government's big boost for Indian films nominated for Oscars and selected by major festivals

This article originally appeared in
Business Standard 
IANS | New Delhi
November  01, 2016 

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday announced that the ministry will provide Film Promotion Fund to films selected as India's official entry to Academy Awards under the Best Foreign Language Film category. Money will also be available for movies which are selected in any competition section of an international film festival.

Naidu made the announcement at the press conference for the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which will take place from November 20-28 in Goa.
Indian films representing the nation at Oscars will get Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore.
Vetrimaaran's Tamil docudrama crime-thriller film "Visaranai" will represent India in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards.
Filmmakers representing their films at the Cannes Film Festival in the competition section will get Rs 20 lakh to promote their films, while in Un Certain Regard and Directors Fortnight, the promotion fund would be Rs 15 lakh each.

Similarly, funds would be provided to filmmakers whose movies would compete in various categories at Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival and International Film Festival of Rotterdam, among others.

The initiative will take care of expenses like engagement of a publicist, travel of director, producer and key talent to be present at the red carpet and press meets, accommodation, screenings, advertising, networking, technical material and creation and promotion of marketing material.

This is being done to promote Indian cinema in the international arena and especially help independent filmmakers to promote their work.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

2017 Hong Kong International Film Festival | Accepting Feature and Short Films

HONG KONG
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Hong Kong - China
April 11 to 25, 2017


41st Annual Hong Kong International Film Festival(HKIFF41), lauded as one of Asia's most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers that flock to Hong Kong year after year to experience and discover new and innovative films. As the oldest and longest established international film festival in Asia, the HKIFF serves as a platform for international film exchange, to promote better understanding between global cultures, and to discover new talents from around the world.

Filmmakers that screen at HKIFF consistently gain significant global exposure. Screening around 250 titles from more than 50 countries in over 10 of Hong Kong's major cultural venues over two weeks, the Festival is Hong Kong's largest celebration of film. The Festival draws extensive media coverage from over 500 local and international media representatives asserting itself as one of the premier platforms to launch films in Asia.

View Listing   Submit Now

UPCOMING DEADLINE
November 11, 2016 - Earlybird Deadline
December 31, 2016 - Regular [Final] Deadline

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MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The Hong Kong International Film Festival strives to foster film culture with a program that recognizes the achievements of the past and looks forward to future, provide an opportunity for Hong Kong residents to appreciate films of good artistic merit from all over the world, and promote and highlight the achievements of the cinematic scene in Hong Kong as well as deepen the appreciation of Hong Kong's cinema history.


MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Hong Kong International Film Festival program is comprised of features, documentaries, shorts and animations organized into the following sections: Young Cinema Competition, Documentary Competition, Short Film Competition, Global Vision, Indie Power, Reality Bites, World Animation, and Avard Garde Programme.

Feature and short length films are now being considered for the 2017 festival - submit your film today!